Every college coaching staff in the nation spends each week of the football season formulating a plan to win that Saturday's game. Coaches don't like to make it about stopping or limiting one guy, but let's be honest, this isn't rocket science. Shutting down or marginalizing the other team's star helps. Sometimes it makes all the difference.
Here is a look at one player from each of Colorado's opponents this season who figures to be high on coach Mike MacIntyre's list of priorities.
Colorado State, QB, Garrett Grayson — He didn't awe the Buffs in last season's opener when he completed 22 of 39 passes for 201 yards and no touchdowns. But he was a different quarterback later in the year and figures to be more that guy this time around.
Massachusetts, QB, A.J. Doyle or Blake Frohnapfel — The Buffs have to make sure the UMass signal caller has a bad day regardless of who is on the field. Frohnapfel is a graduate transfer from Marshall.
Arizona State, QB, Taylor Kelly — The Buffs have made it easy on Kelly the past two seasons giving up far too many big plays. They have to get Kelly out of his rhythm.
Hawaii, WR, Scott Harding — He's not just the Rainbow Warriors' top receiver. He also punts and returns punts. Keeping his kicking leg busy will be the goal.
California, WR, Chris Harper — He's emerging as one of the top receivers in the Pac-12 and is capable of making it a long day for the CU secondary. Keeping him in check could boost the Buffs to a road win.
Oregon State, QB, Sean Mannion — He passed for more than 4,600 yards and 37 touchdowns in 2013. Enough said.
USC, WR, Nelson Agholor — In three years of Pac-12 Conference play, the Buffs have been tortured by Trojan quarterbacks and receivers.
UCLA, QB, Brett Hundley — The Buffs have to find a way to pressure him and confuse him and hope he makes mistakes. He shredded them a year ago.
Washington, DE, Hau'oli Kikaha — He came back from two ACL tears the previous two years to register 13 sacks last season. Keeping him out of the CU backfield will be a priority.
Arizona, LB, Scooby Wright — He led Arizona in tackles against CU last season. The Buffs' offensive line will have to do a better job keeping him away from the ball.
Oregon, QB, Marcus Mariota — It's entirely possible that Mariota will be in need of a big day against the Buffs to solidify his case for the Heisman Trophy. He accounted for just shy of 400 yards and seven touchdowns in last season's game in Boulder.
Utah, WR, Dres Anderson — Sure, he needs a quarterback to get him the ball, but Anderson instills fear in opponents the way Paul Richardson did for the Buffs a year ago.
Kyle Ringo, BuffZone.com